Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Paris #4

Sorry it's taken me over a week to get my last post up. I've been sick and up to my eyes. I'm off to France again at the start of September and I can't wait. I love France and I didn't take me long to jump on board the Family holiday as I'm counting the pennies until December! For my last day and travelling home I opted for a maxi dress. It's chic, stylish and comfortable which is just what I wanted.
The view from our hotel balcony. Bastille is really a lovely part of Paris and you don't feel that you're surrounded by a million and one tourists. I've stayed near the Champs Elysees before and it was very touristy. Although it was a lovely location and perfect for what was a short stay in Paris. The weather was lovely and I caught the end of a lovely Market on the Thursday.
I love French markets and spent a good while browsing before making my way down to another market about a mile down the road. It was the warmest day and wearing my hair down wasn't the brightest idea I've ever had, long haired girls you know what I'm talking about. It was in the mid 30's and I love heat, but it was a bit too much for walking around, instead of lying down on a sun lounger some where!
If I hadn't stocked up on food at breakfast I'd be feasting away here, all the fresh fruit looked incredible. It was only a shame I was leaving that night! Paris is so picture perfect and I'm already itching to go back! This market was more of a mixture with loads of fruits, vegetable and meat as well as clothes and antiques so it was a bit of a free for all!
 My Louis Vuitton "Neverfull" was such a handy bag to have. It's so spacious and so easy to fling over my shoulder. It also holds everything but the kitchen sink. It's perfect for a weekend away too. My DSLR is so heavy but you don't feel it as much as this tote is so big. In terms of safety although it doesn't have a zip it has a clip and two strings at the side making so it doesn't make you an easy target for pickpockets! 
As I'm on a healthy eating kick, I allowed myself one Crepe and I can personally vouch that it was absolutely delicious! I had a warm Crepe with Nutella and savoured every mouth full! You really can't beat the French for Crepes, and I can't wait to go back next month. The food over all in France is so yummy and I love going to the markets and getting inspiration for when I'm at home and what to cook!
This Black and White Tribal Print Maxi* is so comfortable. It's soft, doesn't crease and perfect for both travelling and sightseeing. It was cool in the heat and the side splits give it a bit of an edge. Monochrome is a fantastic multi-seasonal piece so you can wear it when it gets a bit chilly with ankle boots and a leather jacket! It's so easy to wear and is honestly the most comfiest maxi I own!
You can spot my photographer Dad with his camera in this photo! He's a keen photographer as well as myself and we were comparing photo's over lunch. He's his eye on my camera as I'm not sure I'll have room for it in my backpack, travelling light and all! I'm looking for a great quality digital camera and have been scouring Amazon for reviews. I'm not too sure yet, so he better take his beady eyes off it for the moment ;)
For accessories I added a pop of colour with colourful bangles and a colourful necklace, both picked up for as cheap as chips in Penney's! You really can't beat Penney's for accessories and next month I'm going to go a bit wild and pick up a few bits to update my wardrobe. Like the rest of my outfit photo's I wore my nude sandals, again from Penneys but Sadly I think these babies died a death with all the walking around we did.
 Well that's that for my Paris Posts, sorry again it took so long but sometimes life just gets in the way! I love writing travel posts and can't wait to write more next year. I haven't finalised my trip yet, but once I do I'll write a big blog post detailing what I'm doing, in the hopes you lovely lads can give me some tips and tricks as right now it's all a bit overwhelming!

I'll be back soon with some beauty posts, I've a few good ones for you!
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Paris #3

 Notre Dame is one of my favourite parts of Paris. Yes it's swarming with tourists(like me, I suppose!) but I always try and get there every time I visit. It's so beautiful and if it hadn't of been peak season I would of ventured in, as it really is breathe taking. The sun was also beating down which was lovely, although a little bit too hot. I know, I know I shouldn't be complaining!
 I really wish I had longer than I did in Paris, but is was so lovely to break away from my daily routine. It's  amazing how it recharges you! Although my two days at Longitude counteracted it, and now I'm as sick as a dog! I didn't drink the weekend and feel rougher than I would have if I did, which is typical! I'm pretty sure I picked something up on the plane, but I'm not going too complain too much!
For my evening in Paris there was only one dress I was packing. Pink Floral Chiffon Pleated Dress* is perfect. Absolutely perfect. The second I tried it on, it was pretty much love at first sight and I'm planning my next outing with it. It looks less comfortable than it really is, if that makes sense? The lining is so soft and feels lovely on your skin, especially in the heat! (I can honestly vouch for this!)
We are Al fresco in Saint Michel, not bang in the centre but on the outskirts. I had my usual when I go to Paris. Starter was French Onion soup with French bread. Chicken and Chips for main and a Chocolate Mousse for desert. I've been eating healthier lately, and it was so nice to have a (few) days of indulgence before getting back to normal yesterday! I'm not doing any fad diet or anything just eating healthier and cleaner.
If you're a long reader of the blog, you'll notice I've a love of Floral. Anything and everything floral I'm all over. I saw this dress on the Yours Clothing Website and literally swooned. It's so pretty and perfect for a nice dinner in Paris. It's really breathable too, so you're not conscious of any marks on it, which we all know can be a bit morto! I was really surprised when this dress arrived as it feels a lot nicer than it looks!
I got really snap happy with my camera and took a million and one photo's. Trying to narrow it down for the blog posts was a hard task, I tell ya! Paris is just such a beautiful city, that it's hard not to take a picture of everything and anything! The only thing I will say is that my Nikon D3100 is VERY heavy. I'm going to need a lighter one for my travels, so if you know any great compact camera's that are good quality, please let me know!
For accessories I kept things really simple. I've had this rose gold link chain for ages. It's from Topshopng as  but they're always doing similar floating about. I didn't add any bracelets as it was just too warm and I wasn't bothered being laden down with jewels, like I normally am. Now this dress does come with a cute nude patent belt, but I opted without it, as for me personally I prefer it without! 
Anyway, back to the dress. In one word AMAZING. It's comfortable, pretty and is perfect for the Summer as well as Winter (But let's not think about that) Quality as always is fantastic and the price point isn't too bad for the quality of the dress. I love the pleats as they really turn the dress into a romantic number! Overall another winner from Yours Clothing!
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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Paris #2

When I'm sightseeing/shopping I like to be as comfortable as possible. I hate to feel restricted or uncomfortable in something tight, so I always opt for breathable and light fabrics. This Daisy Print* Yours Clothing dress is an absolute God send and I fully intend to get it in black as it's the comfiest and most flattering dress I now own!
I made a quick trip to the Champs Elysees purely for Sephora. There was a Sephora near the hotel, but I wanted to go to the biggest one! I spent too long in their and came out with too many lipsticks, but what can you do. The staff are so incredibly helpful and all are multilingual for all the tourists, which is fantastic. It's always packed, but there's enough space to browse and grab what you want!
The Louis Vuitton shop will always be special to me! I've been obsessed with Louis Vuitton for so many years, and my parents very kindly bought me one for my 18th and one for my 21st . They're timeless and classic and I'll have them for years. This was the first place I bought my own. I'd worked pretty much every day for a month, but it was all worth it when I handed over my Debit Card. That proud feeling will never leave me. Silly I know, but I worked so hard for it and it's definitely my favourite bag!
 This Dress* was absolutely perfect. It was really cool and the fabric didn't cling at all. If you're lucky and off on some Summer holiday's this is the perfect dress. I love daisy print at the moment, and honestly can't get enough. The V-neck is incredibly flattering on bigger busts and the empire line skims tummies, which y'all know I love. A cute little skinny belt would look great on this dress if you wanted to show off your waist!
 For accessories I added a blue and gold necklace I picked up in a Wholesale shop in Paris, as well as a Bracelet from Fran&Jane. I wore my all time favourite vintage Dior Sunglasses and a slick of pink lippy. I'd of worn red, but I haven't found my perfect "day" red yet. I've a million and one reds that I wear at night, but I want one that's a little more subtle than deep, dark matte red!
I'm just waiting for Sephora to come to Ireland! Although I'm pretty sure I'd have absolutely no savings! They literally have everything under one roof, as well as they're own range(which I personally love!) Everytime I go to Paris I put some money aside so I can treat myself to a bit of makeup! I did have to be careful though as I only had a carry on with me and we all know the Rules of Ryanair! ;)
This little street is so typically French and I love it. It's near our Hotel in Bastille and if I could live here, I totally would! It's so pretty and quaint. I wish Dublin had streets like this! I of course grabbed my photographer and got some shots here! Please ignore my sweaty face, it was so warm! I didn't bother wearing any foundation, I just wore some lippy as no one's got time for that, in this heat ;)
Again I wore my "Neverfull" It's so handy and the straps are perfect for flinging over your shoulder. If any of you are thinking of taking the plunge and buying a Louis Vuitton, I honestly can't recommend them enough! The quality is great and they really do last for years and years! I know it's terrible, but I'm already thinking about the next one I want to buy! Although I've my sights on a Mulberry, Chanel and Miu Miu one too! I just need to win the Lottery....
The Cafe we always, always, always go to whenever we're in Paris. The drinks are horrifically over-priced. €5 for a coke anyone? but the people watching views are the best, so it's kind of worth it. Anyone know one of my many useless pastimes is stalking people on the street? Boy the French have such effortless style both boys and girls! 
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